Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso Ferdinand Ver said Flexi Visa holders would be issued a renewable work permit with two years validity, health insurance coverage, and a return ticket at the end of the contract period or when the worker decides to return to his or her home country.
A Flexi visa would also allow a migrant to legally work in Bahrain without an employer sponsor.
“Our Embassy in Manama, along with the representatives from our DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant
Workers Affairs, are working with the Bahraini government to ensure that some 1,295 of our kababayan in Bahrain can avail of the program,” Ver said.
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The Embassy launched its Financial Assistance Program for Filipinos qualified to apply for the Flexi Visa program on Friday.
Outgoing Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the Flexi Visa would be a pathway for undocumented workers to acquire regular immigration status.
“We congratulate the Bahraini Government for this forward-thinking policy, and wish them success in the implementation of this project,” he said.
The visa, however, may only be issued to undocumented workers without criminal records or travel ban.
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